UFC 302: Makhachev Vs. Poirier Undercard Live Results, Highlights: Strickland Outpoints Costa Over Course Of 5 Rounds

Live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, UFC 302: Makhachev vs. Poirier will get started with a 3 bout early preliminary card beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT on UFC Fight Pass.

Following, on ESPN+, 4 more prelim fights will round things out as we head into the highly anticipated PPV show.

Finally, at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, the main card will go live with 5 high level matchups.

While the main event between the defending lightweight champion Islam Makhachev and fan favorite Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier is at the top of everyone’s mind, overlooking the excitement surrounding the 5 round co-feature between former middleweight titleholder Sean Strickland and Paulo Costa would be an absolute crime.


Follow the Live Results, Recaps, and Highlights below, provided by FIGHT SPORTS


Main Undercard 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT (PPV) Live Results:


Co-Main Event: Sean Strickland vs. Paulo Costa – Middleweight

In this 5-round co-main event, typical Sean Strickland was on full display. He marched down Paulo Costa for a massive portion of the bout, delivering his usual straight punches and exhibiting his defensive shelling techniques.

Meanwhile, Costa looked sharp technically, but was clearly much more exhausted than Strickland even after just the first round. As always, this was likely part of Strickland’s game plan, and it worked very well considering he appeared to still have gas left in the tank at the end of the bout, and maintained an excellent pace for 25 minutes.

In the end, Strickland rightfully earned the unanimous decision, but still expressed he felt he could have put on more of a show.

Official Decision: Sean Strickland def. Paulo Costa via Decision (Split) – 46-49, 50-45, 49-46


Kevin Holland vs. Michał Oleksiejczuk – Middleweight

In a night loaded with judges’ decisions, Kevin Holland really found a way to standout in the evening’s featured bout. After getting clipped by an overhand left from Michał Oleksiejczuk that dropped him to the mat, Holland displayed excellence in defensive Jiu Jitsu, and was even able to go on the offensive from his back. He got a hold of one of his opponent’s arms, and everyone knew what he had in mind.

Holland was able to flatten out Oleksiejczuk with the arm isolated. Despite the fact that there was no physical tap, the bout was called off by referee Herb Dean, who could clearly see that the arm had been damaged beyond the point of continuation (likely broken or dislocated).

Official Result: Kevin Holland def. Michal Oleksiejczuk via Submission (Armbar – Technical) – Round 1, 1:34


Niko Price vs. Alex Morono – Welterweight

While this 170-pound bout was extremely hard fought on both sides, the difference maker really became that by the 3rd round, Alex Morono looked as though he was moving in slow motion. Due to the extreme fatigue, Niko Price was able to take full advantage of the situation and pull ahead on the judges’ scorecards, which have been in play for most of the showings this evening.

Official Result: Niko Price def. Alex Morono via Decision (Unanimous) – 29-28,29-28,29-28


Randy Brown vs. Elizeu dos Santos – Welterweight

Kicking off the main card, this 170-pound matchup served as an excellent opener. The fight was competitive both on the feet and on the ground, but in the end Brown was able to edge out the unanimous decision victory over dos Santos. Through this victory, Brown improved his record to 19-5, meanwhile dos Santos registered the 8th loss in his 33-fight career.

Official Result: Randy Brown def. Elizeu dos Santos via Decision (Unanimous) – 30-27, 30-27, 30-27


Live Results: Preliminary Card – 8 p.m. ET on ESPN+

Roman Kopylov def. César Almeida via Decision (Split) – 29-28, 28-29, 30-27

Jailton Almeida def. Alexandr Romanov via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – Round 1, 2:27

Grant Dawson def. Joe Solecki via Decision (Unanimous) – 29-28, 30-27, 30-27

Jake Matthews def. Phil Rowe via Decision (Unanimous) – 29-29, 29-28, 30-27

Live Results: Early Prelims – 6:30 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass

Bassil Hafez def. Mickey Gall via Decision (Unanimous) – 30-27, 29-28, 29-28

Ailin Perez def. Joselyne Edwards via Decision (Unanimous) – 30-27, 29-28, 29-28

André Lima def. Mitch Raposo via Decision (Split) – 30-27, 28-29, 30-27

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